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bit of a long post so time for your cofee and biscuits :nice: [or supper] ive now sold my focus so this may help other owners looking to go the same route,lux 2,dynamica,b/tooth/usb 33k miles,heres the story,

i originally got in touch with rs direct who offered me around £20k or maybe a little bit more [depending on what i got offered from wbac] i also tried rev it up who only do it through their web site,you need to fill in a form giving quite a lot of info,orig supplying dealer,orig date of registration,marks out of 10 for your paint,seats,tyres,brakes etc etc and send them 5 or 6 pics and they will get back to you with the price within 24hrs, NOPE,maybe ill give them 48 then,72 maybe? ok how about 96? 120? haha, 2 weeks later and no reply what so ever,i dont know how these sort of places stay in business for the sake of 3 mins work they lost an easy £1000 profit,still thats their problem

we buy any car originally offered me just under 20k then a few weeks later upped it to around 20,350 ,then i had another email saying that my car was in demand and they could better the price again to around 20,650 then a week or so ago they said they would beat that as well and this time it hit £21k,meanwhile i had advertised it for less than that so i decided to withdraw the advert and go to wbac to see how they fared

i booked an appointment and i was expecting a unit with ramps etc but it was just an office,the guy came outside and had a look round the car and i asked him about everything,you are allowed upto 5 stone chips per panel and they deduct around £75 for each panel repair,if you have for example 3 on the bonnet and 1 on the wing then they will knock off £150 as thats what they get charged by the smart repair guy,if you have 6 on the bonnet then its the same again as thats classed as 2 repairs,the guy before me was getting money knocked off for his alloys being damaged but he didnt seem bothered about mine,[1 had a 2" long touch up ]

he only found 2 chips on mine and wanted to deduct the £150 but i told him i wasnt happy with it as were talking the smallest chips ever,anyway he said as it was such a nice car he would just knock off £85,he checked the paint on each panel with a depth gauge which was fine as its all original then had a short test drive,checked the tyres,history etc and that was it an agreed value of £20,915

there is an admin fee of £75 on top though but i still ended up getting a fair bit more than i paid for it originally and he said it was a good job i went when i did because if i had let that valuation run out then the next one was £570 less! so my advice is if you get a valuation your happy with get it booked in and take the money :thumbsup:
 

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Result :nice:
I went through a similar process myself, few years ago ,with my Mk2.
After contacting several so called specialists ,around the country and wasting considerable amount of time with them (for the reasons quite similar to yours) Ive got the best offer from last place I were expecting. So
In the end, I went to WBAC and sold it in 15 minutes later ,without any major headache or stress, with free taxi home.
 

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Good write up, it's baffling that WBAC etc are paying above private sales prices ,I suppose they are making small profits but on a large scale? Privately the frs isn't selling that great so the likes of WBAC is a great option , looks like you sold at perfect time , £570 less :)
 

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Why would you assume that Bry?

I'd assume it pays no more than an mp350 (or no more than standard) as it doesn't have a code of its own like mp350 for them to understand what it is
 

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forgot to say mine was stage 2 pumaspeed remap,uprated cooler and milltek, didnt make any diff to the price at all, i could have put back to original and made a few more quid but decided to leave it apart from a couple of goodies,i dont think the mountune would make any diff either to them

i asked about where the cars ended up and they are all inspected/repaired/repainted as reqd and then put into high end auctions where i presume the traders pay a premium because they are gauranteed a mint car that can go on the forecourt the next day to sell,that way the dealers have no overheads,no waiting for repairs/paint/parts etc no labour costs.

wbac operate on high volume turnover so i suppose for example if they are only making £100/200 per car that must equate to a massive yearly figure given the amount they buy
 

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Why would you assume that Bry?

I'd assume it pays no more than an mp350 (or no more than standard) as it doesn't have a code of its own like mp350 for them to understand what it is
RS direct pay extra for MR375, my dealer knows all about Mountune and is prepared to give a higher valuation so I thought they may do their homework and do the same.

I know you never get money back on mods but Mountuned cars do seem to command a premium where ever you look.
 

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RS direct pay extra for MR375, my dealer knows all about Mountune and is prepared to give a higher valuation so I thought they may do their homework and do the same.
I know you never get money back on mods but Mountuned cars do seem to command a premium where ever you look.
Hear what your saying Bry but they are specialists who will actually be selling the car so understand the car and it's extras and the premium / profit potential.

Webuyanycar it would seem are all about shifting high volumes through them to turn a profit and wouldn't see the extra value in the book price for the car or at auction IMO.

If they get my car they are getting it standard and all parts sold separately.
 

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Hear what your saying Bry but they are specialists who will actually be selling the car so understand the car and it's extras and the premium / profit potential.

Webuyanycar it would seem are all about shifting high volumes through them to turn a profit and wouldn't see the extra value in the book price for the car or at auction IMO.

If they get my car they are getting it standard and all parts sold separately.
I suppose that's an option but would rather sell it as a MR375.
 

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yes you could turn up with 20" bbs ch,6 pots and £1k worth of engine bay bling and it would make no diff in price, so better off keeping it all to sell on
 

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I had the same with wbac. I took mu upgrades off got 21500 plus over 2 off the parts. Happy days.

Be careful my mate took his vxr and they saw it had mods done ie. boost pipes etc and knocked him down.

They pay same for standard as to modified. Can't fault wbac to be honest. Good service money next day.
 

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Ive just been offered £22,800 for mine :blink: thats the most from we buy ,and we want so far so it look like they are not going down at the moment :nice:
 

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Seems like they are still giving decent prices.

Not sure why though but the thought of 'my' car going to an auction and to some random highest bidder is horrible!
 

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Ive just been offered £22,800 for mine :blink: thats the most from we buy ,and we want so far so it look like they are not going down at the moment :nice:
I know yours is low milleage Graeme but that's still a very good price.
 

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There are only so many cars left and lets face it they are a great drive even at the current prices compared with what else is on offer.
 

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WBAC prices seems all over the place ,very strange when a 5k mile lux 1 was 21k (someone posted that just the other day) and when I had mine lux 1 with 2k miles it was nowhere near 22800 and that was 2/3 months ago .What spec miles etc is it ?
 

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i asked about the diff valuations for diff parts of the country etc when i sold mine and apparently the valuations are identical wherever you live it makes no difference,the only reason he could come up with for wildly varying prices was if someone fills in the form and say for instance doesnt know how many owners or whatever then it will always assume the best/lowest and give the highest poss value
 
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